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Can subacute bacterial endocarditis mimic a primary arthritic condition?

Yes. Extracardiac manifestations of subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE) may be due to circulating cytokines, deposition of immune complexes, or embolic phenomena. Since SBE is an inflammatory process, cytokines may be elaborated into the circulation and result in symptoms such as fever, fatigue, malaise, anorexia, and weight loss, findings common in primary rheumatologic disorders. Circulating immune […] Read more